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How To Install Ansible on Linux Mint 20

Install Ansible on Linux Mint 20

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ansible on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, Ansible is an open-source software provisioning, configuration management, and application-deployment tool enabling infrastructure as code. It can be used both with Linux-based systems and Windows-based systems. Nowadays Ansible is also used to manage EC2 instances in AWS, Virtual machines, Containers, etc. It does not require any agent on managed hosts, but it only requires an ssh connection.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of an Ansible simple IT automation system on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Ansible on Linux Mint 20 Ulyana

Step 1. Before running the tutorial below, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openssh-server
sudo apt install software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing Ansible on Linux Mint 20.

By default, Ansible is available on the Linux Mint base repository. Now we will install Ansible on Linux Mint 20 by executing the command below:

sudo apt install ansible

You can verify Ansible installation by checking the installed version:

ansible --version

Step 3. Setup SSH keys.

Ansible controller node uses ssh keys to access the host nodes, now we generate ssh key and copy the public key to the hosts’ authorized keys file:


Step 4. Configure Host Nodes for Ansible.

To share the ssh keys between control to managed hosts, run the ssh-copy-id command example is shown below:

ssh-copy-id meilana@
ssh-copy-id meilana@

Next, test if you can access the host nodes from the controller:

ssh meilana@
ssh meilana@

Step 5. Create Ansible Inventory File.

Ansible inventory is a file that lists or defines the hosts to be managed via Ansible. /etc/ansible/hosts is the default Ansible inventory file, To configure the inventory file you can open /etc/ansible/hosts the file and adjust the configurations:

sudo nano /etc/ansible/hosts

Added the below lines:

node 1 ansible_host=
node 2 ansible_host=

Save and close a file, then confirm the servers, and list the content of the inventory file with the command as shown below:

ansible-inventory --list

Step 6. Test Connection Ansible.

Once successfully configured both Ansible controller node and host nodes. Now Ansible should be able to connect to the servers listed in the inventory file using SSH:

ansible all -m ping -u meilana
ansible node1 -m ping -u meilana

Check available space on Node1:

ansible node1 -a "df -h" -u meilana

To update all the nodes, run:

ansible all -m apt -a "upgrade=yes update_cache=yes" --become -K

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Ansible. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Ansible simple IT automation on the Linux Mint system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Ansible website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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